Pile on the logs and kindle the fire! Cook the meat well and mix in the spices!ab Let the bones be burned!
Set the empty pot on its coals so that it becomes hot and its copper glows. Then its impurity will melt inside it; its rust will be consumed.
It has frustrated every effort;c its thick rust will not come off. Into the fire with its rust!
Because of the indecency of your uncleanness- since I tried to purify you, but you would not be purified from your uncleanness- you will not be pure again until I have satisfied My wrath on you.
I, the Lord, have spoken. It is coming, and I will do it! I will not refrain, I will not show pity, and I will not relent. Id will judge you according to your ways and deeds. [This is]*The bracketed text has been added for clarity. the declaration of the Lord God .
Then the word of the Lord came to me:
"Son of man, I am about to take the delight of your eyes away from you with a fatal blow. But you must not lament or weep or let your tears flow.
Groan quietly; do not observe mourning rites for the dead. Put on your turban and strap your sandals on your feet; do not cover [your] mustachee or eat the bread of mourners."fg18
I spoke to the people in the morning, and my wife died in the evening. The next morning I did just as I was commanded.
Then the people asked me, "Won't you tell us what these things you are doing mean for us?"
So I answered them: "The word of the Lord came to me: